Grateful Dead Live at The Centrum on 1987-04-03
Recording Info: Sennheiser ME80 -> Master Cassette -> Dat(44.1k) -> ZA2 -> SHN
Subject: new upload
Subject: The whole tour of spring 87
Subject: So what if Jerry was smoking crack??
To all the people who don't like this show, there's plenty of other ones :-)
Very good sounding recording for this era.
Subject: April 87 Sparkled, and This Show is One of the Gems
Subject: in my best Kendal voice "Seriously?"
Subject: A Moment of Reflection
Subject: " Shine your shoes...light the fuse"
Jerry was back and back in a big way. His stage presence and energy in many ways would never be as strong and present as it was on this tour.
He loved being back and his playing, along with the band, exemplifies it magnificently.
No there is no long jams this tour instead you get classic 1980's Garcia powering through songs with gusto and the band hanging on for dear life.
Just listen to All Over Now.
Many folks have given you the details on the music but listening to this show simply transports you back to the time when we all knew we almost lost Jerry and thank goodness we did not as he was far from finishing his musical legacy.
I will note that the Wharf Rat is stunning.
US Blues has Jerry laying down the satire in a big way and you can feel his big ole grin the entire time.
Subject: happy trails>
Subject: Relax Everyone
Most importantly, thank you for taking the time to download this show for our listening pleasure. Good Night!
Subject: Rip Roaring, Shit Kickin', Balls to the Wall Rock 'N Roll
The term "Smokin'" only begins to describe the power and majesty of the second set of this show.
They sounded Crisp, Tight, DECISIVE and EXPLOSIVE as they roll out the second set to an adoring crowd in Wusstah!
To my way of thinking, Dead shows like this represent the pinnacle of Rock and Roll in America. So much power, energy, and boot stompin' FUN as Jerry and the boys rock and roll their way through the night!
Subject: gimme a break
I will match anything from the summer of 1989, especially the Alpine Valley run, up against any 3 show run, from anytime.
Even Phil and Bobby said 1989 was there best year ever. on numerous taped interviews. Yes there were some epic shows in the 60's and 70's, but I personally think to say that Brent was a bad vocalist or keyboardist is just ignorant.
Subject: whoo hoo!!
Subject: Not just another picky Deadhead.....
Its always interesting to read the reviews. Everyone has their story and experience. Opinions are like.........well, you know what I mean. I wasn't around in the early days unfortunately......but I absolutely loved Pigpen, and the energy of the 60's infused their playing on many levels. They were young of course. But I got to say I am deeply grateful for every second of every show I was there for. First show in 1980 and while I reckon I got my share of shows it was never enough. Wish we could turn back the clock and be in that space again. There is nothing out there in these present times that even comes close.
I was fortunate to catch many fine shows all through the 80's & 90's and I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything. So thank you fellow travelers who shared that particular time and space.....you all made it happen. Blessings.
In times forgotten space......
Subject: Wharf Rat
So, yeah! The '87 spring tour had some amazing shows. This is one of them. First set is lighting in a bottle. Let It Grow, I mean, hello!?!? And check the way Samson enters and exits - following so perfectly on the heels of Crazy Fingers and into Drums....sublime.
Post-drums is one of those setlists that you could predict and write out, but no matter - it's very well-played. I enjoy when they cut NFA to a standstill instead of letting it drift...
Subject: Classic late Brent show
Subject: These were fun shows
Subject: You're both wrong
To the specifics: For nipg to claim that Garcia was a "vastly" better guitarist post 86 is flat out ridiculous. 1) Garcia himself said that he didn't regain his chops post-coma for several years and that he basically had to re-teach himself how to play. 2) The early 70's era, when he was a young, vibrant, healthy man at the height of his powers and could take his jamming in a million different directions and wasn't zoned out on heroin as he was in the later years reveals itself in so many legendary versions of Dark Star, Other One, Bird song, and other vehicles that it's absurd to claim he was "better" post '86. Go listen to PITB from Ventura 8/27/72 and then tell me he approached anything NEAR that good in that song post- '86. PLEASE.
As for "Donna sucked", I'm sorry you think the touch-heads "ruined" things for "real" fans like you, but a lot of those folks loved the band every bit as much as you did, and while technically Garcia and the other band members may not have been "better" players in the late years, they certainly DID take the songs in new and needed directions that were fresh and better for the times in which they were played. A lot of portions of those versions of The Other One you love so much in the early 70's did suffer from over-indulgence of feedback and noodling nonsense that may look good on paper at 29 minutes long but are vastly improved on as leaner, meaner, more focused vehicles in the 80's and 90's...the songs needed to be stripped down of their more indulgent aspects in those years and they were better for it for those times.
So both of you need to realize you're not speaking for all Heads of ANY generation when you spout such non-toleant nonsense on these reviews. Shows like this one have their moments of pure joy, while they never can in fact reach the overall heights of their counterparts from 15 years previous,
This show is a solid 3 stars, by the way. It'll never replace a June Winterland '77 run show, for example, but it has some fine bright spots. Enjoy it for what it is, and ignore the frothing at the mouth from the rest.
Subject: Donna sucked, but not like your attitude.
The worst thing that ever happened to the Grateful Dead as a musical experience was the objectification of a surrounding "family" or "community", which is a thing in space that a) is an object, b) has an inside smaller than its outside, and therefore c) exists primarily for the purposes of exclusion.
Listening to music is not a community. It is a collective activity. You shouldn't have to be any kind of person to be able to listen to tunes. Collective activities are open and inclusive and judge no one. Communities are conservative, reactionary and fascist, like your comments. Seriously, go read some books about people who used to talk like you in Germany in the 1930s.
And now the show: Only heard the first set so far, but it's actually a scorcher, and I like this recording best out of all the others currently available, by a pretty narrow margin. But listen for yourself and don't try to be a Deadhead. It's a shame about them. So mellow, yet so weirdly uptight. It was possible to go see a show without letting them ruin the experience, but not easy.
PS: yeah, the second set rocks also. More about the recording: very clear and tone-rich. On headphones it sounds like you're there.
Subject: DOnt Even Bother..
Subject: 4th show, stands up over time
Subject: To Those Who Doubt
Subject: First show, parents dropped us off, what an intro
Subject: Alternative Dead
Subject: why it's a good show
Subject: Why is this show so popular?
Subject: Downloading Mp3s
Subject: Ripping to Cd Formats
Subject: The New Generation
Subject: How to download
Subject: Fine, but Maybe not Even the Best of Worcester 87
New to Itunes and downloading music. How do I get this to my itunes?
Subject: Gotta love the crack
Subject: great show
Subject: good times..
The show!: Gotta say I loved it from start to finish. Sugaree got everyone groovin' if you weren't already, the place did go nuts. And the rest of the set was awesome, especially Let it Grow. 2nd set was smokin', when they're on every song sounds great! Of course, one of the more vivid memories is Jerry expressing how he wished he was a headlight.. with such power we all got the message! U.S.Blues sent us out into the streets still hopping.
Subject: Happy B-Day Jerry
Subject: '80s Dead could still bring it
Subject: great crowd and good recoding
Subject: solid show, but . . .
what will last for the ages? many gd shows, but "the dead," will that last? yeah. just search dcu center, worcester 2009. we missed you, jerry, but it's been a long time!
energy for these shows was hot.
Subject: Thanks Row Jimmy
Very tight show...blistering China/Rider into a nice rockin Woman Smarter...WOW
Subject: Reply: IPOD
Subject: My Dad was there
You just gotta love archive!!!
* What an incredible show it is, too!
Subject: Jerry in beautiful voice
Subject: Damn Son!
Subject: Need Help Downloading to iPod
Subject: THANK JESUS AND EVERYBODY ELSE!
Subject: my senior prom
Now me on the other hand, I had the best band for a prom I can think of... Killer show! I was a newbie deadhead at this point. I started seeing the Dead in 86. Was at all three of these shows, this was the best one in my opinion. Great subtle, bluesy show and tight all around. Smokin' "All over Now", "Big RR Blues", "Let it Grow" and a sweet "MHBTRoses". Nice tight high energy first set.
This was a smooth "China/Rider" for my first one. Nice humble start to "Women". The "Crazy Fingers" that night practically had me in tears it was so beautiful, and still gets me "all misty -eyed" at times when I wear this tape out. The Samson just emerged without the signature drum intro. The space was unique, almost like they were teetering on a "Spanish Jam" but not, into a stellar "Other One" which had amazing dynamic range from beginning to end. The "Wharf Rat" that night really got me liking that song. Powerful "Throwing Stones" and "NFA". "US Blues" as the encore was the Jerry cherry on top of this proverbial psychadelic sundae. Great show!
Subject: Non--drum intro to Samson
Sugaree soars and Let Grow is good to hear in the middle and not ending a set with a nice kick into Dough knees.
The second set cranks open witha stellar China cat transition to Rider. good stuff. Crazy Fingers is very pretty and from space on is very good.
Subject: A worthy addition to anyone's late 80s canon
Set Two: Whoooh, does "China" heat up, or what?! It does settle for a rolling power groove, but if Garcia would have kept going higher with those ? chords, I might of... YES to "Rider" too and I'm jumping and strutting..."Man Smart" keeps the place moving and the smiles beaming. "Crazy" is the requisite ballad, and is well-performed, but will Not be remembered. It gently leads to a Friday edition of religion. "Samson" is keenly played as well, Jerry having some fun with some extra superfulous strumming to egg the crowd on. "Drums" & "Space" are both abbreviated... tho it leads to a mildly chaotic yet always dynamic "OO." "Wharf" attracted my sympathies... it's been a full force gig, therefore-sympathy is deserving for such a hard-fought yet fruitless tale of one of life's losers. Anyways, "Throwing" is a blockbuster...passionately rendered, (if the groove during the buildup is not as primitive as others.) "NFA" is decent, but we all know the show's climax was "Throwing." And our encore is your basic enjoyable throwaway, 'US Blues'
Subject: nice show
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